Proverbs

Proverbs is a book of instructions to children. It was written to show children how to live a successful life, by following the principles of the wisdom of God. The word “proverb” itself, literally refers to a “rule” or a “standard”. hen a gardener wants a tender, young plant to grow up straight and strong, he doesn!t "ust leave it to itself. #e drives a stake ne$t to the plant, and ties the plant to it. That stake is the “standard”. It serves as a guide and a support for the plant!s growth. In the same way, when a parent wants his tender young child to grow up strong and straight, he can!t "ust leave that child to himself. That child needs a standard% &The standard is the ord of God%' Parents need to take their child!s life, and “tie” it to the ord of God. That ord will serve as a guide and a support for the child!s growth, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. WHAT IS A PROVERB? ( proverb is a two)line poem, filled with the wisdom of God. There are * different types of Proverbs. (a) SYNONYMOUS ) In this type of proverb, both lines say the same thing. The thought is "ust e$pressed in a slightly different way. &++,+- ) “#e that is surety for a stranger shall smart &hurt' for it. and he that hateth suretyship is sure.”' (b) ANTITHETICAL ) In an antithetical proverb, the main thought is e$pressed in the first line, with the negative of that thought e$pressed in the second line. &+/,01 ) “( sound heart is the life of the flesh. but envy the rottenness of the bones.”' (c) SYNTHETIC ) 2oth lines e$press a totally different thought, yet the two have a common theme. &+1,+3 ) “#e that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth slander is a fool.”' (d) INTE RAL ) In an integral proverb, the second line completes the thought that is given in the first line. &+0,+/ ) “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”' (e) PARABOLIC ) In this type of proverb, the first line illustrates the second. &++,44 ) “(s a "ewel of gold in a swine!s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.”' (!) COMPARATIVE ) Two things are compared in order to teach a spiritual truth. &45,+- ) “( continual dropping in a very rainy day, and a contentious woman are alike.”' Proverbs teaches us that godliness is practical. (lmost every relationship of life is mentioned. In Proverbs, we find our duty to God, to neighbors, to parents and6or children, and our obligations as citi7ens. In Psalms, we find the 8hristian on his knees. In Proverbs, we find the 8hristian on his feet. The Psalms are for the 8hristian!s devotions. The Proverbs are for the 8hristian!s walk. The Psalms are for a closet of prayer. the Proverbs are for the business place, the home, and the playground. 9ou cannot stand and walk effectively &Proverbs', unless you have first learned to kneel &Psalms'. AUTHOR" :olomon &+,+'. :olomon was a great king, and famous for his wisdom &+ ;ings /,4<'. #e was the author of 0,111 proverbs, and +,11- songs &+ ;ings /,0+)0/'. :olomon wrote more wisely than he lived. =uch that he wrote, he no doubt learned in the school of e$perience during his years of disobedience. >vidently, the latter part of the 2ook contains the Proverbs of :olomon that were gathered and placed together after his death by the direction of ;ing #e7ekiah &Prov. 4-,+'. ?ne of the profitable ways of reading this book is to place 8hrist!s name where “wisdom” is used. &Prov. 3,44)45'.

+.+1. e find that the first of all our duties is the fear of God &+. This “fear” is not the cringing terror the heathen have. Psalms +++. This book warns about sin and its conseAuences. but in the end.+1 reminds us that “the fear of the @ord is the beginning of wisdom”.+/.++'.ings ++. Bo one knew this more vividly than :olomon. but rather a “reverential respect for God and #is ord”. “The way of the transgressor is hard.+-'. the young man is warned about sin. #e is advised to flee the company of men who would lead him into sin &+. In the opening chapter.” .5'. #e was warned that sin may look attractive and sound alluring. #is sin started his great nations subseAuent fall and disintegration &+ . it would bring him great sorrow.4)/'.The purpose of the book of Proverbs is clearly stated at the beginning of the book &Prov.